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Area: Shropshire

www.bridgnorthjazz.co.uk

Bridgnorth Jazz provide a series of monthly jazz events, annual festival and jazz trail. Mostly mainstream Jazz with bands and small combo’s using top quality musicians many with a national reputation.’

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.bridgnorthfestival.org.uk

Founded in August 2006: Mission * To grow and diversify year on year; * To support and enable the arts; * To create a platform for local, national and international artists; * To encourage participation in the arts; * To raise funds for one local and one national charity each year. Held Late August.

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englishhaydn.com

'The inspiration of the late John Reid who, in partnership with Bridgnorth Councils and collaboration with Robbins Landon, had organised the annual event since 1993 ... The Festival offers a fascinating array of the music of Joseph Haydn and his contemporaries.' Held Mid July.

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www.ironbridgebandfestival.co.uk

'Every year we organise probably the biggest non-competitive celebration of brass band music in England. The Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival takes place annually over one weekend In July and entry is absolutely free of charge in the daytime on both Saturday and Sunday.'

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www.llanfyllinfestival.org.uk

‘The Allegri String Quartet, Britain's longest running chamber music ensemble (founded in 1953) has been playing each summer to delighted audiences at St. Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin, in the heart of Mid Wales. Those first concerts held by the original quartet developed into the beatingheart of what is now the annual Llanfyllin Music Festival, or Gŵyl Gerdd Llanfyllin, as it is known locally. Over the years, the Festival has expanded to include performances by other musicians and artists of international calibre. In recent years, as part of the Festival, the Allegri has been involved in educational out reach work to Music Masterclasses and Concerts for young musicians within the county.’ Festival held Late July.

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www.ludlowmusicsociety.org.uk

'Would you like to join us in Ludlow Arts: Classical? You can do so in many ways: Sing: with Ludlow Choral Society or the Edge Chamber Choir; Play: with Ludlow Orchestra or BISYOC; Subscribe: to Ludlow Music Society's subscription concerts; Help us: to organize Ludlow Arts: Classical; or join one of our Committees; or helping us on concert days; Sponsor: a concert, a soloist, or part of our activities; Advertise: in the Ludlow Arts: Classical brochure, or one of our concert programmes; Join: the Friends of Ludlow Arts, the Friends of Ludlow Assembly Rooms or the Ludlow Palmers.'

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Also indexedLudlow Music Society
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ludlowenglishsongweekend.com

'Has taken place since 2001. Inspired by the musical world of Gerald Finzi, it is a unique celebration of poetry, music, culture, and ideas. Drawing on the work of a wide range of poets and composers working in the English language, the Weekend explores the sensibility evoked through their art. It offers opportunities to reflect on a distinctive musical tradition, to speculate on what it has taught us, and what it might also teach us as we look to the future.' Held Early April.

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minsterleyeisteddfod.btck.co.uk

'An annual event held on the 3rd Saturday in March at Minsterley Parish Hall. It started in1962. It is a day of music, recitations & singing competitions.'

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www.newportmusicclub.org

'Professional artists introduce and perform from a classical and contemporary chamber music repertoire, bringing together both well and less known works and composers. Six concerts are held annually ... in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Our artists not only entertain with well-known works, they also educate and inform with works that are seldom heard and that step outside the normal spectrum of work our members are used to hearing.'

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www.oswestryrms.co.uk

‘Founded in 1958, the brainchild of employees of the Post Office’s telephone department (then part of the state-owned GPO and the predecessor to British Telecom) ... CD recitals are presented on alternate Thursdays from October to May ... A warm welcome is extended to all those who find pleasure in listening to music, as has been the case since 1958.’

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sites.google.com/oswestryschool.org.uk/osrs/home

Typically, half a dozen evening concerts per session, September - June.

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www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk/council-services/oswestry-youth-music-festival.html

Held March. 'Oswestry Music Festival goes from strength to strength. It dates back to the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1977, is now well established in the County Music Calendar and entries are attracted from Shropshire, Cheshire, Wrexham and North and Mid Wales ... The Festival includes a programme of individual, group and school opportunities linked with celebrity concerts. Trophies, certificates and prizes are awarded to competitors and past overall winners of the Festival have gone on to successful professional musical careers.'

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shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk

'One of the country's leading folk festivals - the most fun you can have during August Bank Holiday weekend! ... Four days packed with fantastic music, dance, and entertainment all on a centrally located site in the heart of Shrewsbury.'

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.shrewsburyjazznetwork.co.uk

‘Was started in 1997 by local jazz players and enthusiasts to encourage interest in live modern jazz by: * booking and promoting jazz events featuring nationally known and up and coming young artists; * arranging jam sessions and workshops for local musicians; * developing the local audience for jazz by communicating news and information about the programme and other jazz events in Shropshire by print, web and email. The Network arranges a monthly concert, usually at The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury, except in the months of August and December.’

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.shropshiremusictrust.co.uk

'Since its first season in 1983-84 Shropshire Music Trust has brought the world's best live music to Shrewsbury and surrounding towns and villages: orchestral concerts to solo recitals, early music to cutting-edge contemporary work, workshops, masterclasses, lunchtime concerts, participation for young musicians.'

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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/shropshire-tot/

'Come and enjoy a couple of hours of wonderful entertainment with a variety of music, sounds and styles from some of the Country's top organists and what remains Shropshire's only theatre pipe organ installation in a public venue. The WurliTzer now requires no additional amplification with sound coming through the swell shutters, which have been described as "dancing doors" and The Buttermarket is a nice intimate venue in which to enjoy a theatre organ concert, see the organist up close and enjoy a thoroughly good afternoon of entertainment.'

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www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/live-arts-festival/

Wenlock Olympian Live Arts Festival has taken place each year since 1979. Competitions were held in the performing arts as part of the original Olympic Games. The Festival is held in March each year ... There are competitive classes in dance, music and speech & drama for children and young people aged 18 and under. The Festival is organised and staffed entirely by volunteers.’

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www.whittingtonmusicfestival.org.uk

Annual Festival which has taken place since 2013 in a village near Oswestry, each year focussing on works of a single composer. Held Mid May.

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www.alveleyvillageband.com

‘Play all your favourite music in the Alveley Village Band. Our members go away happy and refreshed after playing the best arrangements possible for brass, woodwind, strings and percussion. We are unique - our band offers parts for all instruments so all musicians can participate. We guarantee you'll love being part of the band. Local children give the band a thumbs-up too! Come and join us!’

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www.beaumarissingers.org

'We are a mixed adult choir of around 20 voices performing in the Newport, Shropshire area and beyond. We love to encourage others to enjoy taking part, explore repertoire and improve their singing! Members come from a wide geographical area and a range of backgrounds and age ranges. We are an experienced choir with several long serving singers, but also many newer singers too. We sing to create beautiful music and for our own enjoyment. Our repertoire is broad, from sacred classical works to popular music arrangements.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
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sites.google.com/view/bordersingers/home

‘We are a mixed voice SATB chamber choir of about 30 voices based in Whitchurch in North Shropshire. The choir has a broad repertoire of sacred and secular music, giving concerts and recitals throughout Shropshire, North Wales, Cheshire, and Staffordshire ... We welcome enquiries from experienced singers thinking of joining us. Please note that as a chamber choir the Border Singers is unlikely to suit those with limited experience of ensemble singing. As a chamber group membership is limited so that we achieve a balanced sound.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.bridgnorthmalevoicechoir.org

'We have 30 or so members coming from all walks of life. Age is not a factor as men of all ages are made very welcome. All enjoy the singing, fellowship and fun the choir affords ... If you enjoy singing and want to sing well, then you will fit perfectly in our choir. There are no auditions and no requirement to be able to read music although of course it helps ... Bridgnorth Male Voice Choir does not consider itself to be an elitist choir. We exist for men who want to sing to be given a chance to perform. So come along to one of our practices, sit down and try it out ...'

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www.bridgnorthsinfonia.org

'Brings together both amateur and professional musicians from Bridgnorth and the surrounding area. At present we rehearse on Sunday afternoons, once a month in St John the Evangelist church hall. The orchestra was originally founded ... in 2009 and in June 2012 we gave our first public concert ... to a large and appreciative audience. Our aim is to promote music in Bridgnorth and share our love of making music with the town.'

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www.cantiones.org.uk

'Founded in 1982 by Michael Smith, the then organist of the Parish Church of St. Oswald, King & Martyr, Oswestry. Under its original name "Cantiones Sacrae" the choir comprised 15 voices and set its sights on performing some of the more challenging music in the chamber choir repertoire. Before long it swelled to well over 20 voices and concerts were given as far afield as Chester and Shrewsbury, as well as an appearance at the Llangollen International Festival. Cantiones dropped the "Sacrae" from its title in the mid-nineties when its repertoire widened to include more and more of the quality secular music available.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
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thedarbysingers.co.uk

‘We are a community choir based in Telford Shropshire ... Everyone is welcome to come and sing, you do not need any experience, or the ability to read music.’

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www.jigsawsound.org

'A large, mixed voice, adult choir based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire who regularly perform at concerts, weddings and fund raising events throughout the County of Shropshire and over the border into Wales.'

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johnmoorequire.blogspot.co.uk

'The first concert was upstairs in the pub at Blists Hill Museum, Ironbridge, on the 17th October 1985 ... The Quire continues to rehearse once a month and do as many concerts as possible throughout the year, mostly in churches incorporating information about John Moore and his place in west gallery style of music in Shropshire and throughout the country. The Quire remains a costumed Quire with a village band adding authenticity to performances.'

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ludlowconcertband.weebly.com

‘We are a non competing local wind band. We play at community, civic and fund raising events in and around South Shropshire.’

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www.ludloworchestra.org.uk

Founded 1970: ‘An enthusiastic amateur orchestra consisting of around fifty players. It draws its members from Ludlow in South Shropshire and surrounding area ... The orchestra performs up to three concerts each year locally.’

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www.malpasladieschoir.org.uk

‘We are a group of 30 members of all ages who enjoy singing a wide variety of music. Whilst previous experience of singing in a choir and the ability to sight read music would be an advantage, these skills are not essential. Enthusiasm, the ability to sing in tune and being prepared to work together with the group enjoying the preparation and performance of our three to four annual concerts is as important. Membership is open to anyone (subject to vacancies). Only a simple voice test is required to ascertain vocal range.’

Category:Ladies Choirs
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marketdraytonchoral.wordpress.com

Founded 1970: ‘This friendly group has established an excellent reputation for giving high quality performances twice a year of works from across the choral repertoire’.

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www.newportmalevoicechoir.org.uk

'Founded in the dark days of 1943 by William Wilde, the Organist and Choirmaster at St Nicholas Parish Church ... For many years our choir used to participate in competitions, and enjoyed much competitive success. Our greatest competitive achievement was coming second at the highly prestigious Llangollen International Festival in 1954 ... The Choir now concentrates on concert performances, and in a normal year gives several charity concerts in local churches and halls. Many thousands of pounds have been raised for worthy causes.'

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welshmalevoicechoir.org.uk

‘Côr Meibion Penybontfawr is based in the village of Penybontfawr, in a mainly farming area, situated in North Montgomeryshire ... We really enjoy our rehearsals when potential new members or holiday makers come to listen to us at practice. We have entertained folk from as far away Australia, Norway, Holland and one young visitor from Florida still speaks of her surprise and delight to hear a Choir of men in the middle of rural Montgomeryshire singing “Dixie” for her.‘

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shrewsburylight-orch.org.uk

'A non-professional orchestra, founded in 1968, and provides an opportunity for musicians of all ages and abilities to enjoy making music together. Although no auditions are held, members are expected to attain a competent standard through rehearsals before appearing in concerts. A variety of music is played including light classical, show music, film and TV themes, traditional and modern popular numbers ... Over the years the Shrewsbury Light Orchestra has given both formal and informal concerts, has performed both indoors and out and is well known throughout Shropshire, Wales and the Midlands.'

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www.shrewsburyoperaticsociety.co.uk

'Formed in 1923 and has since performed one or two shows every year to the people of Shropshire and beyond.'

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sites.google.com/site/bcquire/

‘Meets near Bishop's Castle, Shropshire to sing and play country church music from Thomas Hardy's time, mainly from the English West Gallery and American shapenote traditions ... All singers are welcome to our rehearsals. We use sheet music, but you don't need to be a fluent sight reader. Players of woodwind and stringed instruments of the sort that might have been played by village bands in the 18th/19th century also very welcome. (No guitars thanks).’

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www.sing4fun.biz

Started 2014: ‘This is the Shropshire region’s newest and most exciting FUN choir for men and women of all ages singing popular songs and having fun!’

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www.stmaryschamberchoir.co.uk

‘Formed in 2005 with the aim of promoting and performing a wide variety of music. We are a choir of between 50 to 60 Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses. Choir members come from the local community of Bridgnorth, surrounding villages, the West Midlands and as far away as Oxfordshire! The Choir produces concerts generally at Easter and Christmas and occasionally has an extra concert in the summer depending on availability and numbers.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.telfordorchestra.org.uk

Founded 1862: ‘We are a friendly, vibrant amateur orchestra. We meet every Monday evening 7.30-9.30pm and perform locally 2-3 times a year. If you would like to join us you would be very welcome ... We have tried to find an older continous amateur orchestra – so far without success. There are older choral societies, and both the Hallé and the Royal Liverpool professional orchestras are a few years older. There are also amateur orchestras formed before ours which have been disbanded and reformed, but at the moment we claim to be the oldest continous amateur orchestra in the country. If you think otherwise, let us know!‘

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www.wellingtonband.org.uk

'Officially born in October 2000. Previous incarnations include “Telford Band” and “Dawley Band”. The band has grown over the years helped by sponsorship by Wellington Town Council. The Band plays regularly in and around Telford, appearing at the Remembrance Day Parade in Wellington, the annual Civic Carol Service, and other less formal events such as the switching on of Christmas lights, and carol playing just about anywhere ...'

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wemjubileeband.btck.co.uk

‘A progressive brass band based in the North Shropshire town of Wem ... The present Band was formed in the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee 1977, although the Band can trace its roots back to the early 1930’s. Since the Band’s reformation a lot of hard work has been put in over the years and it has gradually grown from strength to strength undertaking more and more engagements, entering the contest field as well as a number of visits to Wem’s twin town in France.’

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whitchurchcommunitychoir.org

Formed 2010. The objects of the Whitchurch Community Choir are: “to promote choral singing for health, fun and enjoyment by bringing together people of all ages and abilities to sing in a choir; also to advance, improve, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of, the art and science of music in all its aspects by any means the trustees see fit, including rehearsing and developing a repertoire with a view to making public presentations through concerts and recitals. To further such charitable purpose or purposes as the trustees in their absolute discretion shall think fit but in particular through the making of grants and donations”.

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www.ellesmere.com

’The Music Department is committed to working in the community and as such we have a long-established choral society open to all, conducted by the director of music. This choir perform a variety of concerts each year, many raising money for charities such as Age UK, Hope House and Severn Hospice. In recent years we have forged strong partnerships and shared the stage with Oswestry Sinfonia and Porthwaen Silver Band, both local instrumental ensembles. We host a recital series each year that showcases the wonderful sounds of the Chapel organ and the rare Schulze Organ in Big School. Music is an integral part of life at Ellesmere College and we value the talent, enthusiasm and dedication displayed by all our students.‘

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Also indexedSchulze Organ
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www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

'Ludlow Assembly Rooms opened its doors in May 1993 in the restored and updated buildings of the former Assembly Rooms, dating from 1840. The opening was the result of five years of tireless campaigning by a group of people who believed that our rural community deserved its own place of entertainment ...'

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www.thebuttermarket.co.uk

'An iconic grade 2 listed building, is Shropshire's biggest entertainment venue, comprising of three unique floors - The Cellars, Main Arena and VIP Mezzanine levels. The venue hosts a range of live concerts and gigs ...'

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